And On It Goes. Small Steps.

I finished my NIDA Actors Studio year today and am letting it wash over me. This year has changed me. The most wonderful, glorious, challenging, frustrating, frightening, liberating, incendiary, breath-taking, transformational time in my creative universe. The brilliant Peta Hanrahan told me at the start of the year that if I was still standing at […]

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How Do You Arrive?

At the start of this week’s class, Danielle asked us to spend 10 mins thinking about how we felt when we arrived. What was our state of mind? How aware were we of what was happening with our breathing? Our instruments? Here’s what I wrote. How do you arrive? Are you ahead of time, behind […]

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“Muscularity of Language”

Scene work feedback. The delivery is too much “the same”. Let the muscularity of the language come through. Work with the rhythm, pitch and tone. I think “muscularity of the language” is one of the most beautiful phrases I’ve ever heard. I find myself saying it over and over in my head. Gorgeous.

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Larry Moss and Given Circumstances redux

One of the talents you need is to be able to break down a script and identify facts that the writer gives you that help you understand your character, what each scene is about, and what the whole script is about. These given circumstances may make you emotional when you read them, and that’s important, […]

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Larry Moss and Given Circumstances

I read a fantastic excerpt from Larry Moss’ “An Intent to Live”, where he talked about Given Circumstances, using Chekhov’s Treplyev (”The Seagull”) as an example. Moss writes with so much intensity and conviction – he’s a pleasure to read. One of the young kids in my acting class presented a Treplyev monologue this term […]

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Monologue feedback

Slow down the voice in my head. Separate the thoughts. Mark the blocking. Make definite choices. At the moment, it’s all a rush and I’m missing beats and tempo. It’s all blending into one. Don’t rush. Don’t play full stops as commas. Create the space to breathe and think. Know where I am at all […]

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Stanislavski’s approach to script analysis

I’ve been reading “Stanislavski and The Actor” (Jean Benedetti) and am really stoked to see how deeply my class’ approach to script analysis is grounded in Stanislavski’s work. My tutor really resonated with me when he spoke about us needing to earn the right to get on stage. He said it again this week – […]

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